This thebu kola sambola is a delicious recipe to consume raw leaves.If you like edible leaves in your meal,this is one of the ways you can add Thebu leaves.
I thought of sharing this recipe because it is one of the Sri Lankan healthy diabetic recipes and of course you can eat it even if you are not a diabetic patient. Yes, I am not with blood sugar problems either!
The taste was good and there is a bit bitter taste which is bearable. If you like Gotukola, then you’ll definitely like this taste. It is common in Sri Lankan cooking that we mix sambola using hand. And of course, to get the real Sri Lankan taste, you need to mix sambola using hand not just mix with a spoon. But for this Thebu Kola sambola , don’t mix it too much then it will be more bitter. Mix it slightly using hand and don’t forget to use fresh grated coconut from a newly opened coconut.
|Slice Thebu Leaves for a sambola|
Below is the simple and easy Sri Lankan Diabetic friendly recipe with Thebu leaves. I didn’t prepare this salad/sambola. But I tasted it and liked it much thanks to my MIL. Hope this post will be beneficial for those on diabetic diet and also for those who likes to have healthy food.
Recipe : Thebu Kola Sambolaya
Ingredients (for 2-3 servings)
Handful of Thebu leaves(Costus speciosus)
1 cup fresh grated coconut
2-3 small red onion/shallots sliced
2 green chili sliced
Salt to taste
1 tbspn lime juice
Wash and clean Thebu leaves.
Slice Thebu leaves into very thin pieces.
Slice onion and green chili.
In a bowl, mix sliced Thebu leaves, onion, green chili,coconut and salt together with lime juice.
Thebu kola sambola is ready to serve.
Mix all ingredients just before serving. Then the sambola will be fresh and tasty.
Other similar kola sambola recipes:
If you try this recipe, please leave me a comment. I’d love to know your thoughts on this recipe.
Have you tried this leaves before or still treat as a beautiful plant to beautify home?
something new….healthy one,thanks for sharing
yes,these leaves are edible.but most people don’t know that
Very healthy Recipe . Thank u for sharing
healthy and yummy salad…
I have gotukola in my garden though I’m alien to thebu kola. Definitely a must try with those I have and its a perfect fit in controlling my other half’s diabetic.
Gotukola is another raw salad we love to eat.Even this tastes good and sure you’ll like it too
this is new to me.. looks yum!
healthy and yummy…will def try for my dad
Please try this and he’ll like the taste.and good for others too
this green is new for me, delicious n healthy!!!
Thanks so much for sharing this recipe – my mom is diabetic and I am going to send her this!
I am glad this post is helpful for you.Hope your mom will be able to find this leaves easily
Thanks for sharing ur Thebu Kola Sambol. It grows very well in Queensland, Australia…specially in Summer season. Found no growth in winter season. Long stems can be used for re-propagate for summer season…
thanks for the comment and the details.It is nice to know that this plant grows well in Queensland,I hope most Sri Lankans who live in Australia will find this info helpful…..
DEAR G.M PL WHAT IS THIS THEBU KOLA
It is a common plant in Sri Lanka.Mostly it is grown as a ornamental plant to decorate the landscape/ garden.Costus Speciosus is the scientific name.Please search for a clear image.So,you will identify it.
One of my friend asked me to eat this and I got good results. 100% u can reduce ur blood sugar level from Thebu leaves. Thebu sambole is the best to eat.
Yes,true.It reduces blood sugar level.Also eating more can give negative results if you don’t have any high sugar problem.
Is this the same plant as Cheilocostus Speciosus? I’m having difficulty finding it in Malaysia…
Please check this page for some clear pictures of this plant: https://www.nparks.gov.sg/florafaunaweb/flora/1/8/1869
As I found, Cheilocostus specious is a synonym for Costus specious. The flowers are white. (there is a red version as well and I don’t know about it)
Also please note, eating more can give negative results as well. Therefore it is advised to eat these leaves in moderation.
Thanks for the recipe. But I still believe that we should get this clarified by a biologist or an Aryuvedic Doctor from the Aryuvedic research center in Navinna.Things such as Gotukola, Anguna Kola, Kuringnan kola Karvila were well recognized as good food. But this name sounds alien.
Yes,true.The recipes and tips shared in this blog are for information purposes only.You need to clarify with your health advisor before using any recipe for medical purposes/treatments.
Other than using this as a treatment, Thebu Kola sambolaya is a delicious recipe that you can try at home for usual Sri Lankan meal.Thebu kola sambolaya is much popular in Sri Lankan homes these days and I could see these were selling in some popular super markets too.May be,you haven’t came across.
yes very good, but how often better get to eat ?
Eating moderately with other side dishes won’t be a problem as we do such at our home.(In Sri Lanka). However if you have any specific medical condition it is good to seek professional advice.
I recently heard about Thebu and Anguna and my mum gave me exact recipe same as yours I mixed both leaves with passion fruit leaves majority was passion fruit leaves n little bit if Thebu n angina and I really enjoyed as I lived many years overseas.
But I heard that you must eat Thebu in moderation because it can drain your sugar level. Is that true?
While checking for the benefits of Thebu your blog popped up.
Hi Madz,Thanks for sharing this comment.
Yes,you have to eat these leaves in moderation due to its ability to reduce blood sugar.
This is why these recipes are more suitable as diabetic friendly recipes.
But eating thebu kola,aguna kola as a side with rice and other curries will not be an issue unless you eat a big portion.
I sometimes eat a sweet dessert after such meal because I can feel that I am little dizzy or I need some sugar.That’s my personal experience but I like the taste of these dishes… 🙂